Diane Werts Newsday columnist Diane Werts

Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV

Off the Wall kicks off the fall.

 

 

 

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

 

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College football heads to Dublin for "Notre Dame vs. Navy" (today at 9 a.m., CBS/2). NBC's prime-time showcase has "Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants" (Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., NBC/4). And "Saturday Night Live" (tonight at 11:30, NBC/4) encores Giants' QB Eli Manning's May gig. Notre Dame-Navy also streams live at cbssports.com.

 

 

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MARIONETTES, NOT CARS

 

These T-Birds are the '60s vintage puppet heroes from Gerry Anderson, seen in the 1966 flick "Thunderbirds Are Go" (today at 9 a.m., Turner Classic Movies). Tune to TCM next Saturday at the same time for the 1968 sequel, "Thunderbird 6." All you need to know at thunderbirdsonline.co.uk.

 

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FALL PREVIEW SHOWS

 

Check out the broadcast networks' traditional sneak-peek clip collections. Matthew Perry hosts the "NBC Primetime Preview" (tonight at 7, WNBC/4; tomorrow at 11:30 p.m., New York Nonstop). There's also "Fox Fall Preview" (tomorrow at 3 p.m., WNYW/5). And the hosts of "The Chew" go on location to do star interviews for "ABC Fall Preview Special" (tomorrow at 7 p.m., ABC/7).

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JOY IN 'WHO'-VILLE

 

The mighty Doctor's marathon, started yesterday, continues nonstop into the Season 7 debut of "Doctor Who" (tonight at 9, BBC America). It's titled "Asylum of the Daleks," which means his mechanical archenemies are back! Spoilers at bbcamerica.com/doctorwho.

 

 

 

BIG BLOOD, BAD JOKES

 

The mind behind '80s action spoof series "Sledge Hammer!" (creator Alan Spencer) goes 21st century graphic with the crime lampoon "Bullet in the Face" (tomorrow 5-8 p.m., Tuesday night 12:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m., IFC). Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts headline a marathon of its six half-hour episodes. Go inside the show at ifc.com/shows.

 

 

NEW OLD NEW SHOWS

 

Sometimes, vintage faves reappear in repeats, like the mini-marathon of sitcom fave "NewsRadio" (tomorrow 6-9 p.m., Antenna TV). Other times, they're reinvented, like "The Pyramid" (weeknights at 6, GSN). It's the same as Dick Clark's original game show: Contestants play with celebs like debut week's Yvette Nicole Brown and Danny Pudi ("Community"). Preview at gsntv.com/shows

/the-pyramid.

 

 

 

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

 

Carrying on the legacy of the late Fred Rogers is "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" (weekdays at 11 a.m., WNET/13; Tuesday at 8 a.m., Wednesday-Friday at 8:30 a.m., WLIW/21), an animated half-hour with familiar "neighborhood" characters. Visit pbskids.org/daniel.

 

 

 

MORE JOY

 

This time, it's the familiar "View" host / radio talker. "Joy Behar: Say Anything!" (Tuesday at 6 p.m., Current) is a new weeknight issues-and-humor hour on the rebranding cable channel (DirecTV Ch. 358, DISH Ch. 215, FiOS Ch. 192). Also new: Bohemia-born John Fugelsang joins "Talking Liberally: The Stephanie Miller Show" (Friday at 9 a.m., Current), while readying his own fall prime-time series. More at current.com/ shows /joy-behar.

 

 

 

PRETTY BETTY

 

Renamed Lauren Bacall as a hot teen model, Betty Joan Perske was barely legal when she co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., TCM). She'd marry Bogie the following year. All four of their films together launch TCM's Wednesdays-in-September salute to Bacall, who turns 88 on Sept. 16. Details at tcm.com/this-month.

 

 

 

AWARDS ALERT

 

Comic Kevin Hart hosts this year's "MTV Video Music Awards" (Thursday 8-10 p.m., MTV), live from L.A.'s Staples Center. Performers include Rihanna, Pink, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Alicia Keys, Green Day and Frank Ocean. Preshow at 7 has Demi Lovato performing. Nominees, lots more at mtv.com/ontv/vma/2012.